Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Urban Camouflage || Dog Face Purse and Obey Sweatshirt

Puppy face crossbody bag purse
Dog face puppy purse

One annoying thing about taking blog pictures alone is that I often don't spot issues with my photography until I start to edit for a blog post. For instance, I wish I had someone to tell me that my shirt blended perfectly into the foliage behind me. But if you think about it, this sweatshirt would be the perfect form of urban camouflage, right? Even my puppy companion wouldn't be able to sniff me out of the greenery!

Bag: found here on Romwe ($35)
Sweatshirt: OBEY ($25)
Dress: Forever21, similar here from Romwe ($23)
Boots: Franco Sarto

Friday, September 26, 2014

Open Back || Floral Print Flutter Dress and Holographic Clutch

As an outfit blogger, I know that I should stay on top of the season. However, while others are looking ahead to fall, I'm still busy scooping up sale and last-minute summer pieces. Of course, I always run the risk of the item being out of trend next year, but basic floral dresses like this one are sure to be a hit next summer, and will seem one-of-a-kind when they sell out now. 

Dress: Forever21 "Floral Print Flutter Dress" (right now, free shipping with no minimum)
Necklace: Forever21 gold bar necklace ($6.90)
Jacket: Forever21 moto faux leather jacket ($18)
Clutch: Nine West (old), similar Nasty Gal bag in a cute seashell shape
Shoes: Old Navy sueded pointed toe flats in 'Infuschion' ($22.94)

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Fall Colorfully || White Moto Jacket and Coral Pants

It's almost officially fall! Even though this is the season of muted colors and jewel tones, I see no reason why bright colors have to be confined to the spring and summer. So I'm celebrating the new season in my signature style of bold shades and high contrast.

Jacket: Forever21, similar here from XO ($20) or My Michelle ($19)
Pants: JCP and another beautiful coral version here ($30)
Bag: Ross (old), another geometric patterned tote here
Shoes: Zara, similar here for $30

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Black Beauty || Ralph Lauren Newbury Double Zip Satchel

Ralph Lauren Newbury Double Zip satchel with shoulder strap
Ralph Lauren Newbury Double Zip Satchel in black
Ralph Lauren Newbury Double Zip dupe for Prada Saffiano Lux double zip satchel
Dupe for Prada Saffiano Lux Double Zip Satchel, Ralph Lauren Newbury Double Zip

For a long time, I've lovingly admired the Prada Saffiano Lux Double-Zip tote (you know the one---every blogger and their mother has this bag). But $2,430 for a bag is not only impossible on my budget, but it also seems really wasteful in my eyes (do you know how many months of mochi ice cream that much money can buy me?!)

However, I really loved the shape of the Prada bag, and I was intent on purchasing a similar bag for law firm interviews and work. I considered a lot of dupes for Prada's lux double-zip, including the Tory Burch Robinson Double Zip and Michael Kors Selma satchel but $500 and $350 still seemed like a lot for a single bag. When I finally found this Ralph Lauren Newbury Double Zip at Marshall's though, I knew it would be the perfect dupe for the Prada at under $200. It's still the most that I've ever spent on a single item, but I can (and will have to!) use this bag for years to come.

If you would like a closer look at the Newbury, I can do a separate review post later.

Bag: Ralph Lauren Newbury Double Zip Satchel
Pants: L'amour, similar look here from Farfetch
Blouse: Phillip Lim for Target (old, but can be found here)
Lipstick: Wet 'n' Wild "Think Pink"

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Money, Power, Glory || Blue Skirt and White Jaguar Print Blouse

Bright blue H&M skirt and white jaguar print blouse || Another Beautiful Thing blog
Magenta flats and bright blue skirt || Another Beautiful Thing blog
Bright blue paper bag waist skirt || Another Beautiful Thing blog
Fuchsia and bright blue || Another Beautiful Thing blog

The first week of law school has passed, and those movies weren't kidding: it was brutal. Not only was I still caught up in the moving transition (no internet last week!), the constant threat of being called on to recite in class kept me jittery throughout the day.

Our dean's welcome speech also made me nervous, but in another way. As she listed names and accomplishments of our school's alumni---past presidents, senators, World Bank leaders---I was reminded of Lana del Rey's song "Money, Power, Glory." It seemed that everyone that graduated was destined to be someone great or ambitious, and I wasn't sure if I could live up to that legacy.

But as I nervously looked around, wondering if I was at the wrong school, our dean began running through the list of states and countries that my classmates called home. And at the end, she said, "Do not think we made a mistake. We do not make mistakes. After all, we have searched the world for you."

And for some reason, although I know I still have three grueling years ahead of me, I felt so much better. Maybe in those three years, I can learn to call this place home.

Top: JCP (old), similar print here from Mango ($27.99)
Skirt: H&M (recent, still in stores), similar here from Dolly Pardon Me ($33)
Shoes: Old Navy ($23)
Bag: Ross, old
Lipstick: Wet 'n' Wild ($1.49)